The mining company that supplied talc to Johnson & Johnson for use in its talcum baby powder products is facing five lawsuits in Louisiana. The lawsuits were filed jointly against Rio Tinto Minerals and Johnson & Johnson on behalf of five women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder products manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant.
Although Johnson & Johnson is already facing about 2,000 lawsuits filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc products, the five Louisiana cases are the first lawsuits that named Rio Tinto as a defendant. The five lawsuits allege that the Australia-based Rio Tinto Minerals and its subsidiary, Luzenac America, mined the talc that was used in Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower.
According to the lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson, Rio Tinto, and Luzenac have known for 40 years about the link between talc and cancer, but failed to adequately warn consumers who used these products for feminine hygiene about their dangers. Multiple studies have shown that the use of talcum powder in the vaginal area can increase a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Four of the lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson and Rio Tinto in Louisiana were filed by women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talcum powder. The fifth lawsuit was filed by the widower of a woman who died from ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products.
In 2016, jurors in Missouri awarded damages of $72 million and $55 million to a pair of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using Johnson’s Baby Powder, Shower to Shower, and other talcum powder products sold by Johnson & Johnson. Since then, hundreds of women who also used the company’s talc products have come forward to file lawsuits.
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using talc products, you may qualify to file a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other companies involved in the sale and manufacturing of talcum powder. The first step in taking legal action is to contact an attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and help you begin the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented dozens of women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer linked to the long-term exposure to talcum powder. Our law firm has also filed numerous product liability lawsuits on behalf of our clients, including cases involving defective drugs, dangerous medical devices, and other commercial products.
The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have taken on some of the largest corporations in the world on behalf of our clients to ensure that their legal rights are fully protected in a court of law. Our firm is dedicated to the belief that all consumers should have the right to qualified, experienced legal counsel to ensure that their interests are fairly represented.
For more information about whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit against companies involved in the manufacturing of talcum powder, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.